Boston Red Sox starter Josh Beckett showed the dominant form for which he is famous once again yesterday, silencing his critics here in Boston who view him as a washed up never-really-has-been. All I can do is say I told you so on this one.
Beckett looked healthy as can be, as he commanded 4 pitches on his way to 8 innings of 2-hit ball and 10 strikeouts. The 4-0 victory gave the Sox a win in their first series of the season versus the Yanks. The importance of a healthy Beckett to this team cannot be understated. Dustin Pedroia reached base in 10 of 11 plate appearances to win the first edition of Robinson Cano versus Dustin Pedroia this season.
In other Sox news, Clay Buchholz agreed to a 4 year, $30.5 million contract extension with the Sox. The deal also contains additional club options for a 5th and 6th year. While at first I questioned this deal, I think the Sox made a pretty awesome move. $7.5 million a year is a relatively small contract for a player with the potential upside of Buchholz. It’s certainly well less than the contracts paid to John Lackey and Josh Beckett — to be honest I’m surprised that Buchholz didn’t demand more money. Beckett also signed a 4-year contract extension earlier this year, meaning these two will be stalwarts of the staff for years to come.
Now it’s time to battle our way back up to .500 – a series against the Rays starting tonight should be a great opportunity to build some momentum.